Spanish Language Day

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2021 DateApril 23, 2021
2022 DateApril 23, 2022
Spanish Language Day

Spanish Language Day History

Spanish Language Day seeks to increase awareness about the history, culture, and achievements of the Spanish language. Spanish is a Romance language, and it is the second most spoken language in the world. This day makes up one of six UN language days. The aim is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity by exploring main languages.

Spanish Language Day was established in 2010 by the United Nations to promote the organizations six official languages. It is observed annually on April 23rd, a date coinciding with the death of Miguel de Cervantes. Cervantes is considered one of the greatest Spanish writers and is celebrated as a genius of Spanish letters. His most notable work is Don Quixote.

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Spanish Language Day Facts

  • Spanish is the second language in the world by number of native speakers.
  • One of the most well-known and important works of the Spanish language is Miguel de Cervantes’ El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha).
  • The third most popular language on the internet is Spanish. It follows behind Chinese which is second, and English which is first.

Spanish Language Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Watch the UN's webinar celebrating Spanish Language Day. The webinar focuses on raising awareness about gender-inclusive Spanish.
  • Learn Spanish, enjoy Spanish food and culture, or read Spanish works of literature.
  • Watch a movie highlighting Spanish culture or themes. Here are our suggestions:
    Pain and Glory (Dolor Y Gloria) (2019)
    Roma (2018)
    Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) (2006)

Spanish Language Day References and Related Sites

www.un.org: Spanish Language Day

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